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A (Really) Interactive PDF

“Technology and Books for All” is the first interactive PDF that offers a page-by-page view relayed by an in-depth view. For most pages, our readers can switch from Overview (short version) to In-Depth (long version). This ebook has been conceived from the start to be read on a screen. The chapters are presented per chronological order, and enriched with beautiful pictures.

This ebook is also an experimental project in many ways. For example, it explores little known assets of the PDF format, such as multi-layers and interactive fields, without confining a PDF to a replica of a print book. Our next projects include French and Spanish versions of this ebook, as well as iPhone versions.

eBooks : A Survey

Michael Hart, who founded Project Gutenberg in 1971, wrote : “We consider eText to be a new medium, with no real relationship to paper, other than presenting the same material, but I don’t see how paper can possibly compete once people each find their own comfortable way to eTexts, especially in schools.”

Excerpt from a NEF interview, August 1998.

1968      ASCII is a 7-bit coded character set.

1971      Project Gutenberg is the first digital library.

1974      The internet takes off.

1977      UNIMARC is set up as a common bibliographic format.

1984      Copyleft is a new license for computer software.

1990      The web takes off.

1991      Unicode is a universal double-byte character set.

1993      The Online Books Page is a list of free eBooks.

1993      The PDF format is launched by Adobe.

1994      The first library website goes online.

1994      Publishers put some of their books online for free.

1995      Amazon.com is the first main online bookstore.

1995      The mainstream press goes online.

1996      The Palm Pilot is the first PDA.

1996      The Internet Archive is founded to archive the web.

1996      Teachers explore new ways of teaching.

1997      Online publishing begins spreading.

1997      The Logos Dictionary goes online for free.

1997      Multimedia convergence is the topic of an international symposium.

1998      Library treasures like Beowulf go online.

1999      Librarians become webmasters.

1998      The web becomes multilingual.

1999      The Open eBook format is a standard for eBooks.

1999      Authors go digital.

2000      yourDictionary.com is a language portal.

2000      The Bible of Gutenberg goes online.

2000      Distributed Proofreaders digitizes books from public domain.

2000      The Public Library of Science (PLoS) works on free online journals.

2001      Wikipedia is the first main online cooperative encyclopedia.

2001      Creative Commons works on new ways to respect authors’ rights on the web.

2003      MIT offers its course materials for free in its OpenCourseWare.

2004      Project Gutenberg Europe is launched as a multilingual project.

2004      Google launches Google Print to rename it Google Books.

2005      The Open Content Alliance (OCA) launches a world public digital library.

2006      Microsoft launches Live Search Books as its own digital library.

2006      The union catalog WorldCat goes online for free.

2007      Citizendium is a main online “reliable” cooperative encyclopedia.

2007      The Encyclopedia of Life will document all species of animals and plants.

The Authors

Marie Lebert is a researcher and journalist specializing in technology for books and languages. Her books are available in Project Gutenberg.


Marc Autret is a graphic designer and journalist specializing in electronic publishing. He created the site Indiscripts.com in May 2009.



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Iconography / Images Providers : Flickr, iStockPhoto, FotoliaFree Vector Blue Icons from Garcya Design (cc), 2008.

Typography / Adobe Jeanson Pro, designed by Robert Slimbach © 2007 Adobe Systems Inc.Fontin Sans, designed by Jos Buivenga © 2007 LJB.

Technology / Ebook design, development and PDF interface : Marc Autret (cc) 2009 — Software : Adobe InDesign © 1999-2008 Adobe Systems Inc., ExtendScript Toolkit © 2005-2008 Adobe Systems Inc., Adobe Acrobat © 1984-2009 Adobe Systems Inc.


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